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The Archies Review: Suhana Khan, Khushi Kapoor, Agastya Nanda and others strike a chord in Zoya Akhtar’s directorial; audience impressed!

Everyone took notice when Zoya Akhtar and Reema Kagti said they were giving the venerable comic book series an Indian rendition, dubbed a desi tadka. Will the movie live up to the hype, though? Check out here

The Archies Review: The Anglo-Indian community is the focal point of Indian Riverdale. First, you see the flirty Archie (Agastya Nanda), who loudly declares that his local band, “The Archies,” would soon surpass the Beatles as the greatest band in the world. Then you meet his best pals, the fierce London returnee Veronica (Suhana Khan) and the kind and kind-hearted Betty (Khushi Kapoor). Naturally, there is also the well-known group known as the Class of ’64, which consists of Jughead (Mihir Ahuja), Reggie (Vedang Raina), Etle (Dot. ), and Dilly (Yuvraj). You see the characters in their adolescence, navigating adulthood with a dash of innocence.

The actors have a charming and easygoing chemistry. Maybe it will make you miss your group as well. Their harmless jokes and cutesy banter are too delightful to ignore. The adaptation stays true to these well-known characters’ core qualities.

Performance

In her debut, Suhana Khan exudes confidence and sass like a pro, and Khushi Kapoor does a passable job as Betty. Agastya Nanda does a fantastic job portraying Archie, while Mihir is hilarious as Jughead, a ridiculous guy in his own right. But Vedang’s amazing on-screen presence makes the show.

Despite having little parts, Yuvraj and Dot both portray their characters well. In supporting parts, there are also a few seasoned performers who enhance the movie. Among others, Koel Purie, who plays Alice, turns in a charming portrayal as Betty’s mother, balancing snark and humour in equal measure.

What’s not good?

However, the fundamental weakness of ‘The Archies’ is its central conflict. The gang’s plan to save “Green Park,” which is under threat from development, seems good on paper. However, in practice, it doesn’t live up to the hype. This subplot is among the weakest in the story.  Pop culture allusions like Pop Tates and Pam’s Bookstore and parlour bring up memories, but they serve as accessories rather than essential components of the plot.

The other characters, with the exception of Archie, Betty, Veronica, and to some extent Reggie, appear overly simplistic. Bravo to the creators for giving the characters a deeper nuance than the repetitive, template versions we’ve seen countless times.

Music

Since “The Archies” is a musical, it is necessary to discuss the music composed by Ankur Tiwari, and Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. The background score and music improve the viewing experience of “The Archies,” but they don’t stick with you for very long. Still, “Sunoh” and “Va Va Vroom” are distinct from the other songs.

You can watch The Archies on Netflix and it will be amazing to see the audience review and popularity of this movie featuring several star kids.

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